You know by now that I’m weak for random holiday shirts, and Earth Day is no exception!! I wanted to make a custom tee super-quick, so of course my go-to was a premade vinyl design. And so the Earth Day Globe Tee was a go!
didn’t they turn out the cutest?! It was a pretty simple process, and you get to try out layering vinyl (kind of) and sewing fabric over vinyl – let’s get started! I’ve got a couple of versions of pinnable images for ya, so you can pick which one, boy or girl (or both!)
Earth Day Globe Tee
–blank tee (I grabbed these for about $4 at Walmart, and they’ve got a pretty good fit)
–heat transfer vinyl in colors of your choice (I buy all my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl – it’s the best variety of options and shipping is lightning fast, that’s an affiliate link, but it’s true, I love them)
–fabric scrap (that’s the pink heart!) and heat-n-bond (optional)
–globe cut file (I grabbed both of these from the online Silhouette file store, I just searched for “globe” or “earth”, I can’t remember which…) – – side note, I really love that I can browse and find a design I like for about a dollar, super quick and WAY easier than trying to design something myself.
First up, cut your vinyl (if you need a refresher, here’s How To Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl) – remember to MIRROR YOUR IMAGE – usually you just worry about that with things like text, but you need to do it here too, because the shapes of the continents only go one-way.
Then you weed out all the background. On the girl shirts I had a hard time deciding which was ocean and which was land, but I finally figured which one to pull off 😉
Now, layering vinyl is totally doable, if you want to iron down the gray stand, peel off the carrier sheet, then iron down the globe. BUT, since they technically don’t overlap, you can get away with not layering – just make sure to cut the carrier sheet right up next to the vinyl. As long as the carrier sheet isn’t covered by other vinyl, you can iron it all in one shot.
Next up is the heart. I ironed a scrap of heat-n-bond to the back and then cut a heart out of scrap fabric. The heat-n-bond allowed me to iron the heart on top of the globe so it didn’t shift when I sewed it down, but it’s not a necessity.
I loved the detail of the stitching on the heart, and the dimension it adds to use fabric. You could also just cut a pink heart out of vinyl – it’s up to you!!
That’s all there is to it! Wear and enjoy! I had to have them jump in the pic because otherwise it was a portrait of super fake smiles 😉
I loved that they matched, but apparently my tween didn’t – she wore it for pics but declared she probably won’t be wearing it for Earth Day – what?! So I gave it away to a friend who would appreciate the crafty cuteness, cause I can’t let earth day go by without it being worn!
Also, because there aren’t enough memes out there…
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